This is a guest post from David Spinks.
David is the Community Manager for Scribnia. With a passion for the power of social web communities, he has utilized his knowledge of community building to establish a professional career in the social media field.
Watching Scribnia develop into a strong and loyal community has been very exciting.
We’ve enjoyed the loyal activity of some very enthusiastic alpha users who have contributed a lot of quality reviews and have been able to find new bloggers in their industries.
I’d like to share with you where we plan on going with Scribnia and how I will play a role as community manager.
We’re looking to continue to develop Scribnia as a valuable tool for bloggers and their communities. By giving the power to the readers, our goal is to really “level the playing field.” So much focus is placed on Google Pagerank and Alexa rankings. This makes it very hard for the “little guy” to gain their due recognition.
As many bloggers know, there are so many awesome blogs out there that you rarely hear about unless they pull in loads of links and visitors.
Through Scribnia, we hope that the blogging and online reading communities can really share those blogs that are truly great.
We’d like to continuously refine our discovery engine in order to provide the best possible, personalized recommendations. This is a tough task but one that we’re very committed to. There are a lot of recommendation engines out there but we’re aiming to differentiate ourselves by using author reviews rather than blog reviews, and really taking into account each user’s personal preferences. We take into account a lot more than “similar content”.
I have a number of roles as Community Manager.
My main role is to bring in users and to get people excited about Scribnia. So far, this hasn’t been a difficult task as bloggers seem to really appreciate the service. It’s a benefit for bloggers to get involved early. The more reviews you have the greater chance you have of being featured as a top blogger, or being chosen as an “Author of the Day”.
We are planning on going public (beta) very soon and hope that our community members will help us get others excited about Scribnia.
The community aspect of Scribnia is one that we’re proud of, and we hope that others will want to be a part of that community. I will be online pretty much all day everyday talking with users, answering any questions, and staying active on the site. If you know me, you know I love conversation! As Community Manager, I have a lot on my plate, but I’m very excited to help the community grow and to connect with our members.